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AusNet confirms controversial power line route through more than 200 Victorian properties

ABC Business logoABC Business 26.11.2021 03:09:43
Grain farmer Peter Muir didn't beat around the bush with his message to AusNet. (Supplied: Moorabool and Central Highlands Power Alliance)

Electrical transmission company AusNet Services has announced the proposed route of its controversial power line through western Victoria.

The 190 kilometre transmission line would stretch from Sydenham in Melbourne's north west, to Bulgana near Stawell in western Victoria.

AusNet said the high voltage power lines cannot be built underground because that would require significant soil and vegetation removal and would disturb Aboriginal cultural heritage sites.

The company also said burying the transmission line would cost 16 times more than stringing the wires overhead.

But there are three locations along the proposed route where Aboriginal cultural heritage and other significant sites could be affected at Hepburn Lagoon, Darley and Melton Aerodrome.

AusNet Services said the proposed route would go through 240 private properties. 

"Sharing the proposed route now will ensure much-needed clarity for around 220 of the 460 landholders that were within the single corridor," AusNet Services Western Victoria Transmission Network project director Stephanie McGregor said. 

"The now have the confirmation that their property is not on the proposed route."

The project will now go through an Environmental Effects Statement (EES) process for final consideration by the Victorian Government.

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